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Dilshan Powers Delhi Daredevils To Victory

By on April 26, 2009

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Tillakaratne Dilshan struck a match-winning unbeaten 67 to help Delhi Daredevils beat Bangalore Royal Challengers by six wickets.

With this win, Daredevils registered their third consecutive victory in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

After the early dismissal their openers Dilshan’s 47-ball knock, studded with five boundaries and two sixes, kept the Daredevils in the hunt.

Pietersen, Boucher help BRC post a modest total

Earlier, skipper Kevin Pietersen (37) and Mark Boucher (36) helped Royal Challengers Bangalore post a modest 149 for seven after opting to bat.

With this victory the Daredevils remain unbeaten in the tournament with three victories from as many matches while Royal Challengers are lying at the bottom with just one win out of five games.

Chasing a modest 150 for victory, the Daredevils once again lost skipper Virender Sehwag (7) early after he mistimed a pull off Pankaj Singh (2/31) in the second over to give an easy catch to Pietersen at mid-on.

But a determined Dilshan started from where he left against Chennai Super Kings and first hit R Vinay Kumay for a four in the third over and then struck a cheeky six over the keeper’s head off Pankaj in the next over.

Top Performer: Tillakaratne Dilshan

Dilshan, however, got a reprieve on 18 when Pankaj grounded a difficult chance off his own bowling in the sixth over, but made amends a ball later by having Gambhir (16) caught behind.

After the early burst, both Dilshan and last match centurion AB de Villiers (21 off 34) found going tough against the spin duo of Anil Kumble and young KP Appanna. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos.

Appanna broke the 42-run stand between the two, cleaning up De Velliers’ stumps with a gem of a delivery that turned viciously.

Needing 61 off 36 deliveries, next man in Dinesh Karthik (12) began with a six off Kallis but perished in the next over.

It’s all about numbers

Dilshan, however, was in no mood to give up as he hit Kallis for a huge six over the mid-wicket and then some sloppy fielding at deep gave Mithun Manhas two easy boundaries to take 19 runs of the 17th over.

The Royal Challengers lost the grip of the match in the last four overs, thanks to some poor fielding.

Needing 15 of the last two overs, Pietersen called back his best bowler Pankaj but the move had hardly any affect on Dilshan as he hit the pacer for a boundary in the very first ball and then mixed it up with ones and twos to pick up 12 of the penultimate over.

The Daredevils registered the victory with four balls to spare with Manhas hitting the winning run.

Teams:

Bangalore: RV Uthappa (wk), LRPL Taylor, JH Kallis, KP Pietersen (Captain), MV Boucher, V Kohli, B Akhil, R Vinay Kumar, A Kumble, Pankaj Singh, KP Appanna.

Delhi: G Gambhir, V Sehwag (Captain), TM Dilshan, AB de Villiers, KD Karthik (wk), M Manhas, A Mishra, DL Vettori, DP Nannes, P Sangwan, A Nehra.

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